2015 Press Releases

Press Preview for National Archives -Spirited Republic- Exhibit March 3
Media Alert · Monday, February 23, 2015

Washington, DC

Opportunity to discover “Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History”


A special press-only “sneak peek” of the new National Archives exhibit: Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History

Spirited Republic explores the Federal Government’s efforts, successes, and failures to change our drinking habits, from whiskey rations to the Continental Army to the Whiskey Rebellion to Prohibition and beyond. The exhibit uses nearly 100 National Archives records and artifacts to show the evolution of the government’s alcohol policy over time, and to illustrate the wide variety of views about alcohol held by Americans.

Press and visitors are invited to share their thoughts on social media using hashtag #SpiritedRepublic


Debra Wall, Deputy Archivist of the United States
A'Lelia Bundles, National Archives Foundation Chair
Bruce Bustard, exhibition curator


Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 10 AM


The Boeing Learning Center and Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, National Archives Museum, Washington, DC

Please use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.

“Spirited Republic” is free and open to the public, and will be on display in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, from March 6, 2015, through January 10, 2016. The National Archives is located on the National Mall on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW. National Archives Museum hours are 10 AM to 5:30 PM daily, except Thanksgiving and December 25. For information on National Archives public programs, call 202-357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

Spirited Republic is presented in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of: HISTORY®, the Lawrence F. O'Brien Family, The Tasting Panel Magazine, and Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. Additional exhibition funding provided by the Beer Institute, the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S., the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, and the National Beer Wholesalers Association.

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For more information about “Spirited Republic” or to obtain images of items included in the exhibition, call the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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